On This Day in Music for January 30

Events in Music

  • 1858 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
  • 1952 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1959 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres

Music releaseMusic Single

1961 "I Fall to Pieces" single released by Patsy Cline (Billboard Song of the Year 1961)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1965 "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 11th string quartet

  • 1969 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • 1971 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1981 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music awardsMusic Awards

1989 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 1995 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • 1995 Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "Tonight Show"
  • 2007 "Lost Without U" single released by Robin Thicke (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1505 Thomas Tallis, English composer, born in Kent, England (d. 1585)
  • 1563 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, born in Bruges, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1647 Konrad Hoffler, German composer (d. 1705)
  • 1694 Joseph Joachim Benedict Munster, composer
  • 1697 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist and composer, born in Scheden, Germany (d. 1773)
  • 1710 Vigilio Blasio Faitello, Italian composer (d. 1768)
  • 1724 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, born in Rosenheim (d. 1797)
  • 1752 Joseph Matthias Kracher, Austrian composer, born in Mattighofen, Austria (d. 1835)
  • 1756 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist and composer, born in Marbach on the Danube, Lower Austria (d. 1823)
  • 1760 František Xaver Partsch, Czech composer, born in Duchcov (d. 1822)
  • 1789 George Augustus Kollmann, composer
  • 1861 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler [Martin Karl Löffler], German-born US violinist and composer, born in Schöneberg, Germany (d. 1935)
  • 1862 Walter Johannes Damrosch, German-American composer, born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1950)
  • 1892 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), born in Delta, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Mihaly Hajou, composer
  • 1911 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
  • 1919 Robert Suter, composer
  • 1920 George Skibine, Russ/US dancer/choreographer (Tragedy in Verona)
  • 1921 Bernie Leighton, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut
  • 1922 Pal Jardanyi, composer
  • 1926 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
  • 1928 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Richard Dufallo, clarinetist/conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 David Johnson, composer
  • 1941 Joe Terranoua, rocker (Danny & The Juniors)
  • 1942 Andres, [Dries Holten], Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres)
  • 1942 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Robert Wittinger, composer
  • 1947 Martin Christoph Redel, composer
  • 1947 Steve Marriott, rock guitarist/vocalist (Humble Pie-Eat It, Faces)
  • 1951 Clifford Leon Anderson, rocker (Cure)
  • 1951 Marv Ross, rocker (Quarterflash)
  • 1951 Phil Collins, England, singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)
  • 1954 Alides Hidding, singer/guitarist (Time Bandits)
  • 1955 Michael Thompson, guitarist (Afterburn, Fresh, Sahara, Gridlock'd)
  • 1958 Rob van Zandvoort, Dutch rock vocalist/keyboardist (Jack of Hearts)
  • 1959 Jody Watley, Chic, dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love)
  • 1967 Bill Leverty, guitarist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1967 Jay Gordon, American musician
  • 1968 Trevor Dunn, American musician (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3)
  • 1975 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi)
  • 1981 Josh Kelley, American musician
  • 1986 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter
  • 1989 Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper
  • 1990 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress/singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1934 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 2016 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • 1774 František Tůma, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • 1774 Jean-Pierre Guignon, composer, dies at 71
  • 1797 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer, dies at 40
  • 1827 Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1860 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portugese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), dies at 44
  • 1881 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • 1890 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53
  • 1925 Jakab Gyula Major, composer, dies at 66
  • 1927 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1929 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • 1942 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • 1945 William Busch, British composer, dies at 43
  • 1963 Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
  • 1975 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • 1976 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), dies at 80
  • 1980 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1982 Riccardo Nielsen, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

1982 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1986 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • 1994 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1995 George Richard James, saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Bob Thiele, American record producer, dies at 73
  • 1998 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • 2011 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • 2013 Patty Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 94
  • 2013 Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 74
  • 2015 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • 2018 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35